One week removed from taking out Big Show with a ruthless punt kick, The Viper kicked off Raw by declaring that he will do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, and no one can stop him. However, Randy Orton has felt like something is missing. He wants to be WWE Champion again. Standing in his way, though, is Drew McIntyre, whom he challenged to a title showdown at SummerSlam.
As Orton made his way to the backstage area, Nia Jax stormed past him to the ring, ready to air her grievances with the Raw Women’s Title picture and her lack of involvement. But before The Irresistible Force could utter another word, Shayna Baszler arrived and stepped right up to Jax. That set off a brawl that needed nearly every referee in the building to pull the two fierce Superstars apart.
With Raw Tag Team Champions The Street Profits sitting ringside to scout the competition, three of the red brand’s toughest tag teams squared off for the right to challenge the titleholders at SummerSlam. At the apex of the fray, Ivar took out his own partner Erik, Ricochet and Alexander, allowing Garza to hit the Wing Clipper on Alexander for the victory. Andrade & Garza did not wait long to fire the first shot at the champions, ambushing Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford at the announcers’ desk.
After their confrontation earlier in the evening, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler were scheduled to go one-on-one. However, the ring could not contain their fury, resulting in a double count-out as the two Superstars brawled around ringside. Not even security, referees or WWE officials could stop the rampage, as Jax and Baszler disposed of them in ruthless fashion.
As The Monday Night Messiah attempted to continue his crusade for the greater good, he called Dominik Mysterio to the ring. Rey Mysterio’s son, who was at Raw to confront Seth Rollins, obliged, but he immediately tackled The Monday Night Messiah. The brash attack did not end well for Dominik, as Rollins and his disciple Murphy turned the tables on him, repeatedly tossing him into the ringside barricades.
But as Rollins contemplated his next move, Aleister Black came to the rescue. After the arm injury that he suffered last week, The Dutch Destroyer was overwhelmed by Rollins & Murphy.
What happened next was despicable. Rollins Stomped Black, then told Murphy he “knows what he has to do.” Murphy subjected Black to the same “sacrifice” Rey Mysterio endured months ago, pressing Black’s eye into the steel ring steps. But before any more damage could be done, Dominik regrouped and chased off Rollins & Murphy with a series of Kendo stick strikes.
R-Truth tried to reclaim the 24/7 Title on MVP’s “VIP Lounge”
Ahead of Mustafa Ali’s battle with Bobby Lashley, MVP tried to recruit the returning Superstar into The Hurt Business. Despite MVP’s pleading, Ali was not hearing any of it. And while MVP tried to convince Ali that he was making the wrong decision, R-Truth crashed the scene in hopes of reclaiming the 24/7 Championship from Shelton Benjamin, but he came up short.
Mustafa Ali tried to capitalize on his successful return in this battle with The All Mighty. And while distractions from Akira Tozawa and his ninjas trying to dethrone Benjamin took Lashley off the ball momentarily, it was not enough to give Ali an opening for victory. The All Mighty exerted his will, applying his vicious Full Nelson to get the win.
The rules were clear in this bout: The Raw Women’s Championship could change hands by pinfall, submission, count-out, disqualification or if anyone interfered. Unfortunately, that was Asuka’s downfall.
Bayley brutally attacked Kairi Sane backstage, forcing Asuka to make a difficult decision – stay and defend her title, or abandon the match and save her best friend. The Empress of Tomorrow opted to rush to her friend and tag team partner’s side, taking the count-out loss. Asuka’s decision ensured that The Boss would become “Two Belts Banks” as her and Bayley’s grip around Raw and SmackDown continued to tighten.
After being Stomped into the steel ring steps by Seth Rollins, Humberto Carrillo was out for payback on The Monday Night Messiah’s disciple. But after inflicting unspeakable punishment on Aleister Black earlier in the night, Murphy was locked in, and he countered a flying attack from Carrillo with Murphy’s Law to pick up the win.
After addressing Randy Orton’s SummerSlam challenge, Drew McIntyre revealed his stipulation for this rematch with Dolph Ziggler – an Extreme Rules Match, this time with the rules applying to both competitors.
In a wild bout that saw tables, chairs and anything else within reach come into play, McIntyre sent Ziggler crashing through a table with a thunderous Claymore to get the three-count. But before McIntyre could revel in his victory, Randy Orton made good on his promise that the WWE Champion would never see an RKO coming, dropping McIntyre on the spot, upping the ante for their battle at SummerSlam.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Angel Garza & Andrade (w/ Zelina Vega) defeated Ricochet & Cedric Alexander and The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar) in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match to become the #1 Contenders for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship (12:05)
- Nia Jax vs. Shayna Baszler ended in a Double Count Out (0:45)
- Bobby Lashley (w/ MVP & Shelton Benjamin) defeated Mustafa Ali (12:30)
- Sasha Banks defeated Asuka (c) to win the WWE Raw Women's Championship (19:30)
- Murphy defeated Humberto Carrillo (6:45)
- Drew McIntyre defeated Dolph Ziggler in an Extreme Rules Match (14:25)
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